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Thursday, March 7, 2013

Staycation

I don't mention my husband very much. Which is odd considering we are joined at the hip, or we would be if he wasn't so tall and I weren't so short. But, I will say this- my husband is a very hard worker. He has a strong work ethic and never fails to show up to work. He's so good at showing up, in fact, that he accumulates time off and doesn't even think about it until he gets word from "above" that he needs to take some time off or lose it. Which is exactly what just happened to him. Unfortunately for us, it is usually at an inconvenient time. This time, rather than trying to camp in the cold, or go out of town with a winter storm threatening from all directions, we stayed home.

We have been enjoying our down time. He has been building models and I've been trying to stay off the computer. We did some local things and went to see DH's brother, about a 2 hour drive north. On the way there, we stopped at a little place called Whitley's. Whitley's sells nuts. Not just any nuts, though. Whitley's sells the biggest, most fresh and flavorful peanuts in the world. Yes, I said the world. No, I haven't tasted every peanut in the world, but I have had a lot of them. I can not even imagine a better peanut- these are so close to perfection.

I guess, I sound like a commercial. But, the thing is, I live in Virginia and Virginia is famous for it's peanuts.

We had always taken Whitley's for granted. It was just a little stop we liked to make on the way to visit family. We all love them! I didn't know anything about the place other than they had great peanuts. I thought they were a chain or something, like Stuckey's. No, there are only two stores and the place where they are actually grown and processed is right down the road from the shop. No wonder the peanuts are so fresh!

Whitley's versus the top hat and cane peanut
Check out the picture. The Whitley's are on the left. They are about 3/4 inch to 1 inch long. The ones on the right are those nationally known top hat and cane peanut. Don't they look tiny next to the Whitley's? Embarrassingly so, I think. But, size isn't everything, as they say. These Whitley's are fresh and cooked to perfection. Pop one in your mouth and bite down on a firm, yet tender crunch- a kind of pop-crunch, which I can't even describe. Continue chewing the fleshy devils and the subtle flavor begins to meld and mingle with the light dash of salt providing a flavor explosion of snacking goodness. Did I mention that they aren't real greasy? Did I mention they also sell lots of other peanutty things, like brittle, peanut butter, boiled peanuts and chocolate peanuts.

Ok, so I like peanuts and this has been the highlight of our staycation. Well, there were a few other things, but I can't mention those. :) And, I have to tell you- no one paid me to talk about Whitley's peanuts. It's just a little regional pride thing in a truly great product which lots of people enjoy.




I made this charoite piece in spurts. Every chance I got to sit down with my tools for a few minutes, I bent a few wires. I used 18g wire, so it has a real big silver look with the frosty, chatoyant lavender. Today, I called it done. I think I started it three days ago.

We still have a few days left of staycation. I'm hoping to get in a few historical sights. By next week, DH will be back to work and the weather should be more amendable to cabbing. :)

Thanks for following along with me on my nutty blog entry.


10 comments:

  1. What a fun staycation! Whitleys looks like a yummy place to stop. Virginia peanuts are the best.
    The charoite is beautiful. Spring will be here soon and you will be back to cabbing.
    Enjoy the rest of your days with DH off.

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    1. I know, right! It really has been fun ... and laid back. :)

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  2. love virginia peanuts, especially the blistered kind!

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    1. They are the best! I don't know about the blistered kind, but I have a weakness for boiled green peanuts. Yeah, it sounds gross, but they are actually pretty good.

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  3. Whitley's definitely needs to put you on their payroll! Where else could they get better publicity?!

    Love the charoite. Great wrap. I also loved the house you built a few days ago.

    I haven't been able to comment lately, but I've been following ...

    Joyce

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    1. Hi Joyce :) I can get pretty enthusiastic about the things I love.

      I'm really glad you're still following along with me. Thank you very much for your feedback. :)

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  4. Mmmmmm, I think I need a peanut butter sandwich now, but I will have to settle for Skippy :D Love the Charolite, it's one of my favorite stones.

    Enjoy your staycation with your sweety. Spring is almost here, YAY!

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    1. Thanks, Gina! Me and DH are having a good time just chilling. We had the last of our peanuts yesterday and I already miss them. LOL! But, too much of a good thing.....

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  5. Dear Tela Formosa,

    Thank you so much for mentioning us on your blog. We like to hear from our customers on how the products have been received and enjoyed.

    Thanks again for the great write up.
    Donna Howard
    Customer Service Specialist
    Whitley’s Peanut Factory

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    1. Hi Donna, Thanks for commenting, I'm glad you liked my hearty endorsement. LOL! Seriously, I never mind talking about the things I love.

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